7 foods and supplements that can help improve your eyesight

April 11, 2017

While we all know eating carrots won’t magically give us 20-20 vision, can what we eat affect our eyesight?

It turns out, eye health is crucially linked to diet — consuming certain essential nutrients can stave off eye disease and age-related degeneration. Fox News spoke to Dr. Andrea Thau, president of the American Optometric Association, and Lauren Blake, a dietitian at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, to get their tips on the best foods to eat for optimum eye health:

  1. Leafy Greens
  2. Salmon
  3. Sweet Potatoes
  4. Chick Peas
  5. Bell Peppers
  6. Almonds
  7. Vitamin Supplements

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Juvenile Macular Degeneration (Stargardt Disease) – Detailed Analysis report

April 11, 2017

Key Players Copernicus Therapeutics Inc , Grupo Ferrer Internacional SA, Iris Pharma

The latest Pharmaceutical and Healthcare disease pipeline guide Juvenile Macular Degeneration – Pipeline Review, H1 2017, provides an overview of the Juvenile Macular Degeneration (Ophthalmology) pipeline landscape.

Juvenile macular degeneration is a series of inherited eye disorders that affects children and young adults. The most common form of juvenile macular degeneration is Stargardt disease. Stargardt’s disease is an inherited autosomal recessive syndrome. Signs and symptoms include blurry or fuzzy vision, dark, empty spots in the center of vision and difficulty reading or performing detail work. Risk factors include arteriosclerosis, hypercholesterolemia, smoking and hypertension.

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BeSpecular App for Assistance

April 5, 2017

Introducing BeSpecular, an App That Enables the Blind to Receive Sighted Assistance Via Their iOS Device

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

In this podcast, Thomas Domville introduces us to BeSpecular, a new iOS app that enables the blind and vision-impaired to use the camera on their iOS device to seek assistance from BeSpecular’s community of sighted volunteers.

Using the BeSpecular app, you take one or more photos of what you need help with and attach a voice message detailing exactly what you would like to know.

The photos and question are sent to BeSpecular’s community of “sightlings”. Those sightlings who are available can reply via the BeSpecular app with a voice or text message. The recipient then rates out of 5 stars the helpfulness of the sightling.

This was from Lauren Tappan

The Outlook from Here

April 2, 2017

The following is by Lauren Tappan:

I was recently alerted to a new blind/low-vision blog for individuals living in Wisconsin. It seems that they are willing to accept submissions from other locations. The blog is called “The Outlook From Here.” Check this out as another blog source.


Small Text Scanner for AT

March 26, 2017

from FeedBlitz

The C-Pen Reader Packs A Lot of Features in a Small Package

When I came across the C-Pen Reader at the FETC conference this past year, I knew that I had to request a review unit to test it out. After contacting the company, they approved my request and

C-Pen Reader

provided me a C-Pen Reader for the review. The opinions reflected in this blog are my own. I have been in the field of assistive technology for over 25 years and over these years have looked at a number of portable hand held reading solutions that promised to make the reading process easy and quick from scanning to reading text.

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AMD Stem Cell Treatment – Pro & Con

March 26, 2017

These are from Lauren Tappan:


Macular degeneration affects more than 10 million people in the U.S., and is the most common cause of vision loss. It is caused by the deterioration of the middle of the retina, called the macula. The macula focuses central vision and controls our ability to see objects in fine detail, read, recognize colors and faces, and drive a car. Until now, the disease has been considered incurable.

An octogenarian with the condition is now the first person to receive successful treatment with induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. The progression of the woman’s macular degeneration was arrested by new retinal cells made in the lab. Unlike embryonic stem cells, iPS cells can be created from regular adult cells. In this case, the cells used to repair the damaged retina from macular degeneration came from the woman’s skin.

The team at Kobe, Japan’s RIKEN Laboratory for Retinal Regeneration, led by Masayo Takahashi, created iPS cells from the patient’s skin cells. Then, they encouraged them to form cells to patch the retinal pigment epithelium. These cells help nourish and support the retina, allowing it to capture the light the eye needs to see.


The Impact of Stress on AMD

March 16, 2017

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of vision loss among older adults in the United States, is often associated with psychological stress. A simple stress rating scale (the Perceived Stress Scale) is a valid and useful way to evaluate the connection between stress and progressive vision loss from AMD, reported Bradley E. Dougherty, OD, PhD, of The Ohio State University College of Optometry.

Patients with vision loss in AMD experience high rates of stress, anxiety, and other problems, including depression. Less is known about the relationship between the stress that AMD patients experience and the severity of their disease — for example, whether stress can cause AMD to worsen or not.

The Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) is a well-established stress rating scale that can predict objective biological markers of stress, as well as the risk of stress-related diseases. In previous studies, the PSS has been shown to be predictive of general markers of inflammation, including C-reactive proteins. In the new study, Dr. Dougherty and colleagues extend the use of this survey to determine how well it measures perceived stress in patients with vision loss due to AMD.

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